WSO unveils 2018-19 season repertoire

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra announced the repertoire for its 2018-19 season, which marks the organization’s 35th anniversary and Janna Hymes’ final year as its music director. The season debuts in September and runs through May 2019.

In October 2017, Hymes encouraged WSO fans to vote for for their favorite pieces from the ensemble’s history. Several of the top contenders, including Beethoven’s “Violin Concerto in D Major” and Aram Khachaturian’s “Masquerade Suite,” are featured in the upcoming season. The repertoire also incorporates several guest artists, including violinist Stefan Jackiw, cellist Sterling Elliott and violinist Tessa Lark.

Jackiw joins the WSO at the Kimball Theatre for the inaugural masterworks concert Sept. 10-11 with a set featuring Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” overture and Beethoven’s “Violin Concerto.” The second in the series premieres at the Kimball Oct. 29-30, highlighting William Tell’s “Pas de Six,” Gioachino Rossini’s overture to “Il Signor Bruschino” and more.

The WSO’s Holiday Pops tradition returns to Williamsburg Presbyterian Church Dec. 1-2. The Cabaret and Cocktails event is also scheduled to return in January, although the date and venue remain to be determined.

The third masterworks concert, featuring Elliot on cello, incorporates Adam Schoenberg’s “Go,” Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme” and others. The fourth masterworks concert in April 2019, spanning “An Outdoor Overture” by Copland, “Symphony No. 6” by Tchaikovsky and “Capriccio Espagnol” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, does not yet have a date or location.

The season concludes at the Kimball May 21-22, 2019. The finale features Michael Thurber’s “Love Letter,” Mozart’s “Divertimento” and more with Lark serving as the guest artist.

“I thought it only fitting for this anniversary season to honor our history as an organization,” Hymes said in a news release. “I am excited to celebrate the orchestra’s 35th season.”

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